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Coventry Council ignoring coronavirus guidelines

Article Posted - 5th May 2020


Coventry Council’s decision to ignoring government coronavirus guidelines by pressing ahead with licensing plans have been branded irresponsible by landlords.

Despite government advice - that the introduction of new, non-mandatory licensing schemes should be paused – the council has confirmed it still intends to introduce its new scheme from May 4.

NRLA policy director Chris Norris said: “The guidelines are there to protect tenants and landlords from unnecessary contact.

“Where a licensing scheme is introduced, landlords have to go into their properties to check that they meet the licensing obligation and maybe need to carry out non-essential works. This exposes them and the tenants to an enhanced risk of contagion.

“Several local authorities have done the right thing and paused the introduction of new licensing schemes in response to the crisis including Luton and Newcastle and we are asking Coventry to do the same.

“It would be thoroughly irresponsible of the Council to ignore the guidelines and go ahead with their plans.”

The association has written to the local authority asking them to defer the scheme’s introduction.

The NRLA has guidance for landlords on managing their businesses during the coronavirus pandemic online.

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